Fang Fang

Fang Fang

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852486131
Visiting address: Nobels väg 13, 17177 Solna
Postal address: C6 Institutet för miljömedicin, C6 Integrativ epidemiologi Fang, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Education
    MD, PhD


  • Neurodegenerative disease

    We are interested in studying the risk factors as well as prognostic indicators for different neurodegenerative diseases, primarily amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD), and dementias. Our research questions include for example the roles of energy metabolism, immune modulation, and gut microbiome, as well as their interactions in the risk and prognosis of ALS. We use different research tools including the unique Swedish health registers (e.g. Swedish Motor Neuron Disease Registry), longitudinal cohort studies, and case-control studies. We work closely with the Neurology clinic at the Karolinska University Hospital and other researchers in Sweden and other countries in these efforts.
    - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    - MegaALS

    Psychiatric disorders
    We are interested in the comorbidity between psychiatric disorders and different somatic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, and infections (such as COVID-19).
    - CoMorMent
    - PreciMENT

    Stressful life events
    We are interested in the short- and long-term health consequences of severely stressful life events, e.g., loss of a significant other, cancer diagnosis, and natural disaster. For instance, we study whether there are unrecognized health consequences immediately following a cancer diagnosis, and whether experience of severe psychological stress after cancer diagnosis influences cancer prognosis. These studies are based on the health registers, large-scale cohort studies, as well as specifically designed clinical studies in Sweden, other Nordic countries, United States, and China.
    - Psychological Stress and its Related Health Outcomes

    Current doctoral students:
    Yihan Hu
    Charilaos Chourpiliadis
    Emily Joyce
    Shiyu Li

    Former doctoral students:
    Daniela Mariosa (currently Postdoc at International Agency for Research on Cancer)
    Ruoqing Chen (currently Associate professor at Sun Yat-sen University)
    Donghao Lu (currently Associate professor at Karolinska Institutet)
    Jianwei Zhu (currently Physician at West China Hospital)
    Elisa Longinetti (currently Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet)
    Qing Shen (currently PI at Tongji University)
    Solmaz Yazdani (currently Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet)
    Jiangwei Sun (currently Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet)
    Can Cui (currently Postdoc at Lund University)
    Qianwei Liu (currently PI at Nanfang Medical University)
    Kejia Hu (currently Postdoc at Karolinska Institutet)

    Current postdocs:
    Jacob Bergstedt
    Wei Dang
    Mary Barker
    Kejia Hu
    Jing Wu
    Shuyun Chen

    Former postdocs:
    Emily Bond
    Yiqiang Zhan
    Christina Seitz
    Weiyao Yin
    Aniko Lovik
    Tingting Huang
    Eva Herweijer
    Lu Pan

    Other members of the group (current):
    Christina Seitz (research specialist)
    Gillian Murphy (research assistant)
    Ioannis Psychogios (student)
    Elisabet Gisladottir (research assistant)
    Aniko Lovik (statistician)
    Eva Herweijer (research specialist)
    Shifeng Lian (PhD student)
    Hilda Danielsdottir (PhD student at University of Iceland)
    Eli Diba (postdoc)
    Zhenzhen Chen (postdoc)
    Yufeng Chen (postdoc)
    John Andersson (senior researcher)
    Katja Fall (Professor at Örebro University, affiliated)
    Unnur Valdimarsdottir (Professor at University of Iceland)
    Magnus Kaijser (Adjunct professor, Karolinska University Hospital)

    Research grants:
    My research work has been supported by the European Research Council (ERC), European Commission (EU), NordForsk, Swedish Research Council (VR), Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare (Forte), Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden), US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), NIH, Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF), Swedish Brain Foundation, and Karolinska Institutet.


  • I have been teaching in PhD courses in Epidemiology during the past years.


All other publications



  • Professor, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 2019-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2013
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, 2010

Distinction and awards

  • ERC Starting Grant, 2018
  • Awarded SSMF researcher, Swedish Society for Medical Research, 2013
  • Dmitris N Chorafas prize for best PhD thesis under age 30, 2010


  • Ruoqing Chen, The impact of parental cancer on children’s well-being– Nationwide observational studies in Sweden, 2013

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